January 8, 2012 |
Tim Tebow, Alex Smith, Tom Coughlin, Gary Kubiak. All are two wins away from the Super Bowl. Imagine that, two quarterbacks and two coaches who will participate in four divisional playoff games next weekend, four guys who many predicted would have been benched or fired by now. From the brink of extinction to the edge of glory. Tebow led the Denver Broncos to a stunning 29-23 overtime upset of Pittsburgh on Sunday, setting up a second-round game Saturday at New England, where Josh McDaniels is an assistant on offense.
November 27, 2011 |
There's something about the second half and New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin that don't work out well. His teams have squandered playoff position the last two seasons, and have finished with a worse second-half mark than in the first half in all of Coughlin's seven seasons. After starting 6-2 and leading the NFC East, the Giants have lost narrowly at San Francisco and against division rival Philadelphia. Monday night, the Giants visit NFC South leader New Orleans and quarterback Drew Brees.
December 30, 2010 |
San Francisco's Mike Singletary was the latest NFL coach to be shown the door, but he certainly won't be the last. In fact, it seems there are more coaches on the hot seat this season ? this year of remarkable competitive balance ? than in seasons when the line is more distinct between good teams and bad. Embattled coaches do have a bit of an advantage with all this labor unrest, because owners will be increasingly careful about making expensive hires with the looming possibility of a lockout.
November 12, 2010 |
The New York Giants will have to get by for the foreseeable future without their top possession receiver, Steve Smith . On Friday, Smith was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys because of what Coach Tom Coughlin described as a partially torn chest muscle. Mario Manningham , sporting the Giants' biggest per-catch average at 15.4 yards, will replace Smith at split end. Hakeem Nicks , the NFL's top-scoring wide receiver, with nine touchdowns, will remain at flanker.
August 17, 2010 |
The Tennessee Titans waived Stafon Johnson , who dislocated his right ankle in a 20-18 exhibition loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday. Johnson, who had surgery Sunday, is a rookie running back whose career at USC was cut short after a weight-room accident last September in which his neck and larynx were crushed. Johnson was dejected but tried to remain positive. "Bouncing back from trials and tribulations, this is just a bump in the road," he said. "God has brought me back this far, and it felt good to be where I'd gotten to. This is minimum compared to what I have been through, really.
November 3, 2009 |
A common postgame response to questions after NFL games is, "I have to wait to see the film." Times NFL writer Sam Farmer sorts through the best of Monday's film review: JaMarcus Russell , Oakland Raiders quarterback, after his 109-yard, no-touchdown, one-interception performance in a loss to San Diego: "I did a pretty good job." :: Dominic Raiola , Lions center, on the comments Detroit fans were making to rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford: "I was very disappointed when I came to the sideline and fans were telling him, 'Throw it to me' and 'I'm open' -- this, that and the other.